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  • Ember James

Magick of the Heart

This is a story I wrote for one of my homework assignments for the Temple of Witchcraft class I'm taking. I hope you enjoy it. I drew six tarot cards from the Light Seers deck and wrote a story based on the pictures in the cards.

Our story starts with Jasmine. She’s a beautiful blond who some might call a hippie. She loves life, always smiles and wishes happiness on other people, and loves to do yoga. She’s been lucky all her life. Jobs fall in her lap, and people are always nice to her, her parents gave her everything she wanted.

Suddenly, out of the blue, she learns one of her close friends was killed in a car accident, and her mood takes a turn for the worst. She’s never dealt with this kind of loss before, and doesn’t know how to handle her grief. It turns into depression and despair. She’s so busy wallowing that she loses her job, and many of her close friends drift away. They don’t want to be around her because she’s not fun anymore. These emotions keep eating her up. Everything starts going down the drain. She closes her heart because she doesn’t want to hurt anymore.

One day, she decides she needs to do something about this. She used to love yoga but hasn’t gone in about a year. She’s gained some weight, hates herself and the world. She remembers what it was like when she did yoga. It always made her feel happy, strong and connected with the world. She signs up for a class with a new teacher. She doesn’t recognize his name but is willing to try this class out to see if she can find herself again.

She goes to this class and meets her new teacher. He’s vibrant, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth. Not only does he teach yoga postures, but he sprinkles in the philosophies, and some magick. He talks about the four elements and Spirit, and how they make up the Universe. He talks about the power of asking the Universe for what you want and then making it happen.

One of her favorite lessons is “keep doing the work, and the results will show.” He teaches this one frequently enough because he wants to remind his students to do the work. Whether it is yoga postures for physical strength or shadow work to help her learn to love all of herself. She keeps doing the work, and she gets up the nerve to ask if he might be willing to mentor her, to teach her more of his ways.

He accepts, and she is elated. She is beginning to see the world in a whole new light. There is magick everywhere she looks. Not only has she found herself, but she’s found more of herself. She hadn’t realized that everything was so superficial before.

Her guru teaches her that she is where she was meant to be. That everything truly happens for a reason, but we may not know what that is until much later. Bad things happen to good people, and it is what we do with those situations that truly make us who we are.

He teaches her to use logic in addition to emotion. Emotion can be useful at times, especially when it comes to intuition, but she also needed to learn that logic can help keep the emotions from overwhelming her. She must find balance. Much like standing in tree pose, when she fell out, she would come right back and practice more.

Eventually, she starts to open her heart again. She keeps practicing her magick and meditation. Slowly, she starts teaching others what she’s learned. That you have to believe it will happen for it to happen. And you have to believe in yourself first and foremost to get anywhere in life.

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