Art and Magic

Posted on November 17, 2011
Filed Under Experiments, Magic | 2 Comments

I posted an updated on different social networks asking people how they got creative with their magical work. I got a couple of interesting responses including one about a coven that uses arts and crafts in their rituals and it got me to thinking about my own artistic approach to magic. I’ve always been in favor of taking a creative approach to magic and while some of that creativity has focused on blending pop culture into magic or applying principles from other disciplines to magical work, its also focused on using art in the magical work as well.

One of my favorite mediums to work in is body paint. The body becomes a canvas, which is painted with body paints that can be used to express and explore the magical work in context to the body.

Collage is another medium I’ve always enjoyed. Cutting away the meaning from text and picture and then reassembling it into my own image has always appealed, because it gives a person an opportunity to create something that runs counter to the messages that were previously imbedded in the media.

Painting with water color is another medium I’ve liked using. I tend toward abstract paintings, and there’s something fun about letting go of any shape and just painting, but I think you can have a specific concept in mind and still make it magical.

Singing, whistling, and lately playing with my harmonica has been another creative activity I’ve applied to my magical work. I’m doing some experimentation with Tuvan throat singing as well. I think exploring what your voice can do or what a musical instrument can do in terms of magical work can be a lot of fun. Certainly listening to some of the musicians I enjoy has taken me to some novel spaces with their intentional blending of magic and music.

Wood work is something I haven’t done recently, but I used to do it a lot and actually created a couple of altars. It’s something I’d enjoy doing again, with the proper tools and facilities.

I think applying creativity to your magical work can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to get flexible about your magical work, and challenge yourself to come up with something that’s customized to you. If you haven’t applied your creativity to your magical work, give it a try and have some fun!

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witchofstitches
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We have used arts and crafts in ritual as well as playing music. I know of a tattoo/piercing artist that does her work in a ritual setting as part of initiation and ritual.

Something happens when one goes into a light trance for artistic work within a ritual and the results can be very rewarding and fascinating.

Magicexperiment
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@witchofstitches I've always gone into a trance when doing artistic work. Same actually when I write. It can be very effective for doing magical work.