kokopelle: Frank n Furter (Frank-n-Furter)
I had the opportunity to consider the description “enchanting” as applied to a person. “Feel the Spells” is the result.


Feel the Spells

The term “enchanting” is adequate
to bear description’s encumbrance
when wise men are stopped in their congress
by walls of words when actions press
impressions are noted in life's journal
indexed to tell when pen is set
to paper's too ready to document
the secrets impressed for few to know.

Witness the difference between these two
breadth of charm and trip of spell
one is promise of life's allure
while on the other way is magical
this is confirmed when tongues are mute
austerities are spoke to fool the world
that steadfast are thoughts in the mind
when just the opposite says the heart.

You'll ask now of the word enchant
how it matters when it’s denied
or made to seem too mundane
consider now the wizardry
I’ll look beyond the muddle realm
with fascination of how they are
seeing charm when it presents
feel the spells as they are cast.

2017, Sean Green. All Rights Reserved, 20170113.
kokopelle: Black Cat (Cat - Black)
The poem “Into Flame” is about the curative ways people use fire.


Into Flame

Healing comes in many forms
transformation reconciled
by a tool this may occur
to the south look for a cure
three ways to use the blaze’s form.

Another log tossed to the fire
scribed with runes for the sky
meant for those beyond the pale
asking for the favors writ
on wood consumed as they’re sent.

Burdens put to paper’s face
habits ill to owner’s fate
unwanted troubles sent away
discarded at the wheel’s request
now is time to burn the waste.

Memories haunt the present day
regrets linger where none should stay
these to twigs are assigned
attachments sent along their way
to cleansing fire they are consigned.

Now Vulcan’s kin have abet
supplicants with tools at hand
many ways to seed the change
into flame, conveyed by smoke
prayers and troubles sent away.

2016, Sean Green. All Rights Reserved, 20161216.
kokopelle: Black Cat (cat black)
Being a magical one means diving deep before seeking to survive. The poem “Path of the Magical One” is a brief look into the journey.


Path of the Magical One
Poem for Day 165 – 20150614

To be a magical one,
with a hundred thousand hopes,
an equal number of sorrows,
triumphs of the striving will,
sobering defeats of the seeking soul.

Witness the tools of the fallen one,
held in hand and heart alike,
unseen by those around them,
half remembered at the best,
salvation held close at hand.

Memories are the first tool,
reaching back in time,
joining disparate lines,
creating illusions of connection
where there is no separation.

Knowing is the greatest tool,
thrust upon the magical one.
Curiosity is fascinating,
knowing is the taskmaster,
distractions made illogical.

Dance and music handmaidens
to the muses' desire to expand.
The magical one hold tight to hopes,
releases to sorrows to their place,
and the seeking soul continues on.

© 2015. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved
kokopelle: Black Cat (cat black)
I finished listening to the 7th Odd Thomas novel, Saint Odd, by Dean Koontz. There was lots of good feelings, hard sacrifices, and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust. I’m a firm believer in magic, and do a bit myself, but the true magic of the world lays beyond the flashy glitz. It exists in the moments of life when mutual existence is both acknowledged and respectively shared. In this place there is a magic that we can all experience.


No Magic
Poem for Day 113 – 20150423

Some say there’s no magic,
but I know that’s not so,
in many ways the truth is exposed.

See it expressed everyday
in the love of the people,
who owe you no due.

It is in the stranger’s dance,
or a partner you know,
of music and motion shared.

A spark of selfish caring,
held only to consider self,
so life may ever flourish.

The smile of a friend,
so bright and so wide,
to touch the heart, ease the mind.

Connecting in ways tender,
regardless of age or gender,
life’s voids breached together.

To know a thousand things,
and accept the multitude mysteries
that combine in life’s tempest fury.

Intimacy shared in many ways,
a mural with variations on a theme,
one’s need to feel mutually complete.

Art takes the breath to return life,
a moment of reflection asked therein,
as majesty of God’s grace is revealed.

Feeling safe in another’s presence,
to be in the place meant to be,
paths meet across an eternity.

Sensing life’s flow, in a moment,
to see correct action for time and place,
and to act with grace of surety.

These samples are life’s magic,
the ones that’s I seen
in my short span amongst friends.

Some say there’s no magic,
but there is if you look to the world
and see God’s spark in all of us.

© 2015. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved
kokopelle: (Cat - Bunny Love)
Dance brings out a hidden beauty in people. The poem “Your Magic of Dance” is about the radiant outcome.


Your Magic of Dance
Bonus Poem for Day 051 – 20150221

How could you be so beautiful,
the only one I look to tonight?
only one answer, it is because
you embrace the magic of dance.

Dance is the poetry of your life,
movement conveyed to a work of art,
I'd put you on a high pedestal,
but no, please stay in my arms instead.

The portrait of your true self,
dogma and conventions put aside,
dance reveals the passion you have
your expression of love and life.

I'd kiss you, but that is not appropriate
let's dance instead, separate by ourselves
with movement as the bridge of two lives
lived apart but for the magic of dance.

So let's continue to dance, you and me,
inspire the world, bring truth to life,
show why we are here, you and me,
as we dance together this blessed night.

© 2015. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved
kokopelle: (Cat - Sleepy)
A meme I answered back in 2007... goodness... I need to pull together an original thought!

1. What is your set of your 5-ever-favourite books(or films) and why?

Funny... I have a hard time coming up with a top five books. The thing is that I'm always reading something. To pick out a top five would do the remaining hundreds of books some measure of injustice. That said, here is a list of books that shaped my life:

Only Dance There Is” by Ram Dass
The first conscious raising “metaphysical” book I read.

Das Energi” by Paul Williams
Conscious raising prose

Awareness : A De Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words” by Anthony de Mello
Get this book if you are at all interested in being aware.

How to Make Your Life Work, or Why Aren't You Happy?” by Ken Keyes
An examination of happiness, habits, and preferences

Anatomy of the Spirit : The Seven Stages of Power and Healing” by Caroline Myss
A modern holistic look at awareness and the connection between biography and biology. Excellent!

The Wisdom of Insecurity” By Allan Watts
A wonderful examination of “I” and “me”.

Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse
A big favorite of mine


2. What are the top beautiful places in your city/area you live?

I am continually struck by the beauty of the trees in my region. I speak of most any trees. They have a majesty that man made constructs struggle to attain and maintain.

3. Do you believe in angels?

Yes. I suppose I see them as another form of guide/protector/entity that exists in the pan dimensional spaces.

4. What's the best way of spending time?

It depends on what I'm doing. At work I am focused on things directly or tangentially connected with my employment. At home I am focused on relaxing and working on my own projects/interests. When I'm with my lovely mate I focus on fully appreciating her love and affection. Each of these instances has a "best" quality. My life would be incomplete if I did not have all these ways of spending time.

5. If you had a chance to have (even magic) ABILITY, what would it be?

I thought this was a great question. Here is the funny thing, I've already experienced what people would call "magic" abilities. The world of healing and prophecy are part of of my mundane reality. The thing I would really like to have now is sanity and the ability to constructively focus on the opportunities in my life. I would like to have closer relationships with my friends. I would like to have less anger, grief and guilt. I would like to be able to talk to my family. I guess I've gotten to the point that abilities are not enough. I now crave a quality of life that abilities, even magical ones, cannot directly manifest.

kokopelle: (Cat Chair)
A friend and I were chatting about dance quotes.  I found my quote "dance is music made visible". This really spoke to me.   I have a secret love affair with music, and for me dance is an extension of music.   I suppose that I am taking pictures of music when I take pictures of dancers.  Is that cool or what? 

My friend shared a quote that stated that the movement of the dancer is the extension of the music you are hearing.  I think life is more complicated than that.   Some people dance to their own tune, and not the music that's currently turned on.    The saying "Dance to your soundtrack" comes to mind.    Part of me finds this disturbing because my "soundtrack" is not always friendly to me.  Sometimes we need a reminder that our dances are off, in need of an adjustment.

The magic I find in music is that it reminds me that there is a purer vibration than the soundtrack I have going on in my head.  Music helps me transcend my soundtrack because it transcends the everyday world.  Music is magic.  I really believe that music is the expression of order and chaos, each in counter balance. Music can be so predictable, but there is such mystical expression in outcome.   I find comfort in that dual nature of music: order and art
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kokopelle: Horse Totem (Shaman Horse)
A friend wrote about some objects that had significance in her life. Their purposes were not made clear, but that was OK. It made me think about the role of objects in the shamanist's life. I was reminded that such objects could be categorized into two groups... totems and fetishes.

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Do you use totems? Have your created or have been given a fetish? Honor the first, and be very careful of the latter. This is the power that the medicine man's pouch carries.
kokopelle: Sony A77 (a77)
I've recently had two occasions that demonstrated the magic of photography. This both gave me a smile and made me think about the irony of the magical shot. The occasional photographer can get the magical shot, but the ongoing photographer is more likely to do so. Why? Is it talent or equipment or training? These help a lot, but the answer is elsewhere. It is about learning to be in the right place and being there on a repeated basis. I suspect life is life this for lots of pursuits, so this is worth thinking about in connection to anything you may do.

I have two examples. The first is my series of photos the now demolished Bethel A.M.E. church in Laurens SC. I took photos of it back in 2009. This set was one of a dozen and a half "abandoned and historical" locations. The church was demolished in 2011 because of structural reasons. Now my photos are being featured in a historical overview of the location. Why? I love historical and largely forgotten locations and pursue them with my camera. The church has become magical to somebody other than myself and this is delightful. Second example, I have taken literally tens of thousands of contra photos, maybe over one hundred thousand at this point. A dear contradancing friend of mine is now is a special relationship. She recently found a photo of mine that shared one of the first times that she and her guy were together on the dance floor.

What are the lessons here? Perseverance is one. Creating magic is about the frequency of an act, honing the skill and learning the craft. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers, has the 10,000 theory. He says that one must spend 10,000 hours at something before claiming success in any field. The other lesson is that sharing is a key ingredient to magic. Don't keep your light under a pot. Share your stuff and allow others to find their magic amongst the big pile. We are connected and magic is a community event. Cool stuff!
kokopelle: Sony A77 (a77)
I saw a documentary on Eddie Adams. He was an incredibly talented photographer who was also depressed. He created incredible images that others appreciated but he struggled to create the perfect photo that would make him happy, for a time. A friend of his commented that the work involved in creating a commercial photo bled them of creativity. The round and round of picking the photo, tweaking it, approving it, rinse and repeat, had its toil.

I can relate, though I don’t sell my photos. Instead I can relate that over working or analysis of a photo can remove the magic. I hope to avoid this to some degree. I take many photos, sometimes over thousand. I then review them and chuck out the ones that just don’t work at all. I then go through them and look at the one by one. I look for something special in their composition or look for a series of photos that express a wonderful move. These are kept and the thousand is cut in half. These have some magic by my estimation, and it is these that I share with others. I hope I choose well!
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Cat AntiGravity Diagram)
This is a somewhat rambling outline about the tools of magic. An astute LJ friend recently posted quotations about existence and awareness based on yogic precepts. This material is a balancing concept with a focus on intention, faith and action. Good stuff I think...

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kokopelle: Horse Totem (Shaman - Horse)
I'm currently researching the topic of 'shamanic magic'. My studies have found matching meaning with what would seem to be an unlikely source. The second show of third "Doctor Who" series is entitled "The Shakespeare Code". I found powerful corollaries to my shamanic studies in this bit of media entertainment. This is not really a surprise though. I hold that media entertainment is this society's form of myth. The mystical workings of reality are woven into our seemingly fanciful stories, just as it has forever been for other cultures.

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I believe that vibration, relationships, and an advanced understanding of the world are the beginnings of 'shamanic magic'. I look forward to exploring more both in my studies and in my entertainment.

Literary trivia... Shakespeare is credited with adding two to three thousand words to the English language including 'assassination', 'eyeball', 'leapfrog' and 'gloomy').
kokopelle: (Monty Python - Spanish Inquisition)
My insightful friend [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch said:

*There will always be people who stereotype anyone who practices magic as delusional, or "just" a kid, or whatever other demeaning, patronizing thing they want to use to try to pass us all off as nuts.*

There are those who believe that their paganism is a spiritual thing only. There are others who believe being neopagan is about the spell work. Most believe a something of both.

Here is the bizarre scene I see. Read more... )
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Sinfest - Battling Deities)
I've been wanting to write about magic, particulary from the shamanic perspective. A recent question on [livejournal.com profile] nonfluffypagans provoked me to some thoughts about the use of magic. I will do a blog on the nature of magic (source, karma, etc.), both general and shamanic, at another time(s).

The original poster said:
Do You Invoke a Magical Remedy When You've Been Injured?
Let's say that a person has wronged you in some way. You believe that it was an unjust act. You are pursuing your various legal options for remedy, but you want to do more. You want to have justice done, and balance restored, by initiating a magical act against the person responsible for harming you. Do you? Should you?
What is justice and balance? There are paradoxes here that could drive a person crazy or give them complete freedom of action. Ah... that is good stuff for another blog entry. For now I will focus on the possible actions one could take as a remedy to a wronging or attack.

I see responsive magical acts being divided into these areas:
  1. do nothing - karma and balance will work themselves out in time

  2. healing - this is good for self and may reach out to postively help the person doing the attack

  3. defense - deflects/grounds actions of other with minimal (enough) impact on self (one hopes!)

  4. justice - a tricky thing as it can impact both self and other

  5. retribution - should/could be eye-for-eye; karma can impact self even as other takes the brunt

  6. attack - grossly unbalanced retribution or unilateral pre-emptive strike on person after a retribution and before they attack again; damn the karma!
The list is in a sequence that of karmic "impact" on the person casting the magical act. A person still under attack could consider a healing or defensive action. This would be reasonable. Post-attack magic work would be healing and justice, but I have to say that seeking justice is a two-sided sword. Justice can reach back and have unanticipated but deserved treatment to the 'victim' if they had a part in the creating or maintaining the altercation.

Does anybody else have anything to add or detract from my possible magical responses to wrongings?
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Cat - Anti Gravity Explanation)
There seems to be an incredible struggle between personal spirituality and group ethics. Consider that personal spirituality could be equated to personal lifestyle choices. The recent events on LJ illustrated the challenge of applying ethics to personal spirituality (of a sort). I am still considering the underlying issues at LJ and people's reactions. Maybe I'll write about them specifically another time. For now I will post about living life ethically. There is not a one-to-one correlation between the following thoughts and the LJ events, but these thoughts are a starting point for my own considerations.

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kokopelle: Horse Totem (Sinfest - Cat Senses Tingling)
Most people perform magic by ritual mixing of tools, thus create a combination of vibrations that are sympathetic to the outcome of the magic. Positive energies produce positive results. Negative energies produce negative results. The results are weighed on a universal scale, with the quite hidden and subtle hand of Spirit determining the relative affects.

Magic, and the life from it derives, is very powerful. The visible effects may be manifest powerfully or with little force. The invisible effects are also there, and it could be said that the less visible the visible, the more powerful the invisible.

Work your magic with ethical responsibility. Do so with understanding. May the divine powers bless your workings and may you receive the results you wish.

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