Mystic Magic

Mystic Magic: Spells and Tarot

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

So something that many people equate to Tarot readings is magic. Harry Potter had a divination class with reading tea leaves and looking into crystal balls, and I would bet one of my Tarot decks that he had a section on Tarot readings with Professor Trelawney.

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Mystic Magic: Very Superstitious

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

I have been a little off brand recently and figured I should probably go back to the “Mystic Magic” I came here writing. To get back on topic, I thought I would write about some of the superstitions surrounding tarot cards.

One such superstition is something I always forget: you are not supposed to buy the cards for yourself. The tradition is to have the cards given to you. For a lot of people, like me, we are too impatient to wait for a deck to be given to us, or the people around us are not picking up our hints. I know I have, for one, shown many people my Etsy wishlist, full of different decks I would love to receive as a gift. Through Christmas and my birthday, though, I ended up buying a few of these decks for myself.

One way to get around this superstition, my pagan friend and I have found, is getting another person to buy it for you. I get my pagan friend to buy me a deck, and then coincidentally gift her the same amount of money she spent on the deck. It is a clever and convenient way to get around this particular superstition.

According to a few tarot websites, though, this superstition is dependent on the person buying the deck. If you are someone who is prone to believing black cats and broken mirrors bring bad luck, maybe wait for a tarot deck gift. For others, using a Tarot deck you bought yourself or one gifted to you by a friend or family, they all work the same.

Another superstition I want to address is that there are leftover “essences” of people who have previously touched the cards. Some tarot reading books will advise you to knock the past impressions of people out by physically knocking on the cards, something that I do for every reading.

Another way to get rid of these phantom impressions is to cleanse the cards with white sage or crystals. Since I cannot burn sage in my house on campus, I opt for the safer choice of crystals. There is a shop in Richmond, Virginia, called Rest in Pieces, that I like to visit every time I go home. The last time I went, I bought a large chunk of white quartz to cleanse my cards and two little hematite stones to draw out negative energy.

Of course, there are plenty other crystals and stones that you could use to cleanse your cards, and I hope to eventually have a wide assortment of crystals to use. To cleanse the cards, you put the crystals on top of the deck and set the deck by a window. They stay like this overnight and are good to go for the next reading.

Mystic Magic: Homesickness

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

As a camp counselor during the summer, we learn very quickly that homesickness is the worst possible thing to happen in camp. It rampages through the cabins until all the girls are crying late into the night.

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Mystic Magic: International Travel

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

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Airplane Picture by Grace Cavanaugh 

Over winter break, I took a little trip to visit friends in Northern Ireland and Wales. The trip was a lot of fun, and I am certainly planning on returning as soon as the next winter break is here, bank account willing.

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Mystic Magic: Five Ways to Destress

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Our wonderfully long Thanksgiving break is over and finals are fast approaching. These next two weeks are probably the most stressful of the entire semester, but as someone who has lived through two final weeks so far, I can promise there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mystic Magic: National Novel Writing Month

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Week two of NaNoWriMo is upon us, and it is not too late to join the hundreds of thousands of writers participating. What is NaNoWriMo you ask? Well, dear reader, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. November is this such month, where writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 novels.

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Mystic Magic: The Haunting of U of L

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I love anything spooky. Horror movies, jumpscare-filled video games, scary books and TV-shows, you name it and I am there. It would come to no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday and, even though Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are upon us, I refuse to give up my spooky tendencies.

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Happy Halloween!

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s because I like being scared, or maybe it’s because I like dressing up, but something about this spooky time of year has always gotten me excited.

My sophomore year in high school, my friend D invited a group of friends to her house for a Halloween party. What this entailed was watching a scary movie, eating food, roasting marshmallows over a fire, and then going to hang out on the playground of the church behind her house. I designated myself the historian of the group because I had the most amount of storage on my iPod.

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Harry Potter Party

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

This past weekend (September 28-30) marked the 3rd annual Queen City Mischief and Magic celebration, or known to my family as Staunton’s Potter Party. For the many who are unaware, every year Staunton, VA, closes down a few streets and fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series flock to the city to participate in many magical events. The celebration is family and small business friendly, as many of the local stores decorate with Harry Potter themes and offer plenty of Potter merchandise. There are shows and people dressed as the founders of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, and even Voldemort.

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A Whole New World

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

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A common misconception in my family is that writing is easy. When I complained to my mother that I did not have any spending money on a family vacation a few years ago, her flippant answer was that I should just publish a story I wrote in 9th grade on Amazon and start selling it for a dollar or so. What I have tried explaining to her, and many others, is that writing is not as easy as people think. There is a lot of time, energy, and imagination that needs to go into a written work, whether fictional or not. However, that does not always mean that it has to be tedious or boring.

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Permanent Ink

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

The stigma of tattoos has always been an issue in my family. None of my grandparents ever had tattoos, and they frowned on me, my mother, and my father when we all expressed desires for tattoos. It is understandable when you think about their generation’s exposure to tattoos. The only people that had them were from prison.

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