Category Archives: Mystic Magic

Mystic Magic: Wicca or Witchcraft?

witches-ride

Retrieved from History.com.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     This week, I decided to do a little research, because someone asked me what the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft was, and I did not know the answer. A quick Google search gave me 14 million results, but of course I only clicked on the first three.

     From what I can understand, most people use Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably, because they are both a form of Paganism. So, in comparison, it is like Christianity. You have the umbrella of Christianity, but you also have the similar branches of Christianity, like Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, et cetera. 

Read more

Mystic Magic: Stressed?

Cup of tea and lavender flowers

Photo retrieved from SFGate.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     It is week three, and if you are anything like me, you are already dealing with the mountains of stress that come with being a college student. There are a lot of things happening and you may or may not be able to deal with them.

     Even though it may feel like the world is crumbling, it is not and you will be okay. I am here to give you some suggestions to make you feel better.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Grimoires and Shadow Books?

MM

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Recently, I have been poking around on WitchTok, or people on TikTok who are witches, to see if they have any advice for someone interested in what they do. I could spend hours watching people on WitchTok talk about different spells, gods, and not trusting the fae.

     One thing that always stuck out was when they talked about their Grimoires and Books of Shadows. I wondered what a modern witch would have to write about, besides spell recipes and the like. Turns out, it is a lot.

Read more

Mystic Magic: First Week Stress

Mystic Magic

Photo taken by Grace Cavanaugh

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     This semester has already started with a bang. This last weekend, I turned 21, moved back to school, had an anniversary dinner, and mentally prepared myself for classes. Whatever I could have done, it was not enough. Already, I am dealing with the stress and pressures of the beginning of the semester.

     Usually, in these times, I would turn to my friends. Friends are an excellent source of encouragement and distraction. I rely heavily on mine, especially when I am having a bad day. They listen to me vent, give me advice, and just make me feel better overall. I do the same thing for them, and everyone is happy.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Winter Break is Coming!

winter-break

Photo retrieved from Google images.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

 

     It is the end of the semester! Time to celebrate. All your hard work has been for this moment, and the only thing that stands between us and winter break are finals.

     With break coming up, we have a little less than a month to recuperate before the spring semester. During the holidays, it can be a little stressful to hang out with family, despite being away from them from so long. Here are some ways to relax over break without losing your mind.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Almost End of the Semester

mystic magic (retrieved from google images)

Retrieved from Google Images

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     It is almost the end of the semester! We have a grand total of two weeks left before finals. That is two more Mondays, six more MWF classes, four more T/R classes… Less than 20 days until finals are over and winter break begins.

     However, that week of finals does stand in the way between us students and the bliss of no classes for a month. It can feel like a slog over the next few weeks, some more than others, but I believe in all of us. We have been working for so long this semester to get to this point.

Read more

Mystic Magic: The Key to Organization

mysticmagic

Photo taken by Unity Bowling.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     It is the last few days before break. If you are anything like me, you are also counting down the seconds before you can go home on break. In the meantime, though, there are projects and essays being assigned. 

     Break is close enough to touch, but do not fall behind while you wait for it to arrive. It is easy to push aside due dates when you have a week of rest imminent.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Five Gift Ideas

gifts

Photo retrieved from Country Living Magazine.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     November is officially here! The Walgreens I work at is already stuffed with Christmas items, and I have yet to do my present-shopping. Now is a good time to think about gifts, because before you know it, it will be that gift-giving season!

     As a college student, though, you may not be able to buy presents for everyone. A solution that I use every year is creating something for my friends that are personal to them. While listening to your favorite holiday tunes, here are some ideas for excellent holiday presents.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Happy Holidays?

Happy Holidays

Retrieved from Pinterest

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor 

     There has been a little debate that has arisen within my friend group. This debate is something I am sure a lot of readers can understand, and hopefully more than a few will take my side.

      Now that Halloween is over, is it Christmas? When is it an appropriate time to break out the favorite holiday tunes? Is it too early to put a blow-up snowman in the yard and erect a tree in the living room?

Read more

Mystic Magic: Counting the Days

IMG_8780

Photo taken by Grace Cavanaugh

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     This past weekend, despite being the first weekend around my favorite holiday, was a train wreck. While I should have been having a good time, dressing up with my friends and hanging out, instead I was stressing about everything I had to do.

      The stretch between fall break and Thanksgiving break seems to crawl on. The days pass slower, everything is colder and darker, and most students are hitting their mid-semester slump. This weekend, I hit mine particularly hard.

Read more

Mystic Magic: 6 Things to do for Samhain

Samhain

Photo retrieved from Pinterest.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     There is only one more week before Halloween! Samhain is the original Celtic festival that was turned into Halloween, starting with Pope Gregory III, who created All Saints Day, according to history.com. The article continued that Samhain became Halloween because it was the eve before All Saints Day, or All Hallows Eve, and then morphed into Halloween. 

     What all of this means is that Samhain = Halloween, but now less pagan. However, there still exist rituals for people who would like to celebrate Samhain, and chow down on some discounted chocolate.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Halloween Movies

Screenshot_1

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor 

     With the accelerated approach of Halloween, I am excited to watch every spooky film I can get my hands on. With the combined efforts of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and some creative googling, you, too, can watch these five scary movies.

Read more

Mystic Magic: Mid-Semester Stress

stress2

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

 This past weekend, I was super busy and stressed. Usually, this is just how Fall semester goes, but not this early. It has only been a few weeks, but the amount of homework and work-work I had to do was getting to me.

     Over the weekend, I was getting over a particularly difficult essay that I was not proud of and had another report due for the same class. On top of that, I had two shifts at work that felt longer than they were, and a family event planned that my mom informed me they would not actually be coming as soon as me and my roommates got there.

Read more

Mystic Magic : And Mischief

pottah

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     This upcoming weekend in Staunton, VA, the Queen City Mischief and Magic (QCMM) festival is happening once again! As a fan of most things Harry Potter, this is by far one of my favorite events of the year.

      I have gone to the QCMM for the past two years. I cannot remember exactly how my family discovered it, but it has quickly become one of our traditions. The first year, it was just my aunt, my mom, and me. We met up with a friend of mine and their family and simply enjoyed all things Harry Potter as we wandered the streets of downtown Staunton.

Read more

« Older Entries Recent Entries »