I just read the gorgeous ebook Art Witch : Practical Tactics for Art Magick from Molly Roberts. I am amazed about how true it felt inside.
I have to say I’ve been fascinated by all things witchy for as long as I can remember. My first novel, which I’m working on right now, starts with messing up with spirits, the workings of a sea witch and the Spirit of a Place. When I was young, I printed out Tarot cards because I wasn’t allowed and able to get my own deck. I came back to Tarot later in my life, and since then it never left me.
I’ve always tried to make my spiritual practice in alignment with my art practice. This ebook struck a chord with me : the idea that Magick and Art may be from the same mother.
Art is indeed a form of Magick. Art is taking ideas from the Universe and crafting them into some thing, whether it is a performance, a painting, a story or anything else. Art is born from a necessity to change things in ourselves or in the world.
I experienced this last year while working on a project called Chants d’avant (“The Songs of Yesterday”), where a raconteuse and I went to meet seniors and talk with them about the traditional songs they remembered. It was a real eye-opening project. I saw, during this, the power of song and music to bring up memories, and above all, the power of voice to calm, ease and touch. On one of our group interviews, we sang with someone who had his vocal chords ablated. As he was singing with all the group, we felt his joy. He was suddenly more alive, more present than he was before. His children talked to us afterwards, saying they realized how important it was for them to collect the songs and memories of their father. This is why we do art, I thought to myself.
Art is Magick. Art creates opportunities, moments, debates, reflections. Art is a way to connect our vision to our reality, to make them aligned. Every art project starts from a question, a vision we have to share.
To read the ebook or discover more about Molly Roberts (her guided meditations are also amazing), go check out her BandCamp: