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Do you believe in fairies?

gnome
Photo by David Masters.

Standing in my yard at the back of my city house in Manchester is a garden gnome. In the midst of endless grey skies and dull red buildings, the gnome is a rupture of colour, a moment of brightness to my day when I notice him amidst the plants. He also reminds me to keep my eyes open for fairies and magical moments.

Do you remember the feeling at Christmas, knowing that Santa Claus was going to visit? I used to wish it could be Christmas everyday so that I could experience that magical feeling. On Christmas Eve I still struggle to sleep, the excitement for the next day keeping me awake.

Did you ever experience the magic of theme parks? The thrill of the roller coaster, a day seemed to last forever, and you wished it would never end.

Yet now I can see through this ‘magic’ of theme parks and Christmas. I can see that companies cynically exploit what should be a time of genuine magic and enchantment to make money. Although there is still a glimmer of hope within me, I have become disenchanted.

Looking around it seems as though much of the world has become disenchanted. Do you know anyone who visits the bottom of their garden looking for fairies? (You’re very lucky if you do!) We have seen through tricks of the magicians; we know that it is all fake, constructed by some sleight of hand.

Yet I, for one, still want to believe. I think secretly, we do believe.

Magic in Science

I recently read somewhere that ‘germs’ are like the new evil spirits. We can’t see them, yet we tell stories about them, aren’t really quite sure what they are, and imbue them with powers that they don’t really have. We use medical language (viruses, cancerous, bugs) to refer to things that we aren’t really sure why they happen, but we know are bad.

That’s interesting to me because magic and healing have always been closely linked. And so now, we’re taking words from science, and using them in a magical sense, albeit mostly in a negative way.

This gives me hope. Maybe magic will never leave us. We will always be looking for enchantment, for moments of beauty and wonder that strike us when we least expect it.

There are times in my life when I’m not looking for answers: I’m looking for a mystery, for an adventure to be swept up in. I’m looking for magic, for sparkles, for some fairy dust to sprinkle through my hair and make me fly away to an enchanted land.

Magic in Today’s World

city-magic
Photo by Yves Lorson.

The Cinema
Somewhere else I read that going to the movies is the magic of today. Robert Segal writes this:

The cinema blocks out the outside world and substitutes a world of its own. The more effective the film, the more the audience forget where they are and imagine themselves in the time and place on the screen. Things are permitted in films that never happen in the ‘real world.’ In films, anything is possible.

Synchronicity
One type of magic that I’ve noticed being talked about a lot recently is synchronicity. This is the idea that once you start to follow your dreams, things outside your control happen to you that help your dreams come true.

The City
Finally, for me, the city is a place of magic. One of my favourite authors who writes about the magic of the city is Leonie Sandercock. She writes this:

If we look at cities as centres of spontaneous creativity and festival, then we come closer to an appreciation of the presence of spirit around us. Our deepest feelings about city and community are expressed on special occasions such and carnivals and festivals. Our highest levels of creativity are seen in art galleries or heard in symphony halls. But the nourishing of the spirit, or soul, also needs daily space and has everyday expressions: two women on a park bench ‘gossiping’; a group of students in a coffee shop discussing plans for a protest; an old Chinese man practising his tai chi on the beach or in a park; amateur musicians busking in front of cafes and museums; an old woman tending her garden; kids skateboarding among the asphalt landscaping of sterile bank plazas…

Your Magically Enchanted Mission

magic-garden
Photo by Randy Son Of Robert.

Whether you live in a town, a city, or the countryside, carry a sprinkle of fairy dust with you in your pocket tomorrow.

And don’t forget to look for fairies at the bottom of your garden. Remember to be quiet and move slowly; fairies are very shy.

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