The Power of Magical Places: Witchcraft at Disney World
Magickal Places in the US
Just yesterday, I returned from an amazing journey through a magical land. I witnessed mystical events. I saw people's dreams come true. I experienced things that moved me to tears and renewed my faith. The energy was intense and palpable, seeming to swirl through the air like waves of static electricity, sweeping away all those in its path. It seemed to lift people to rapturous heights, inspiring cries of delight and joyous celebrations. Some were overwhelmed by it at times— reduced to break downs and tears as large waves of energy ebbed and flowed around us. It was as though they needed to purge the excess energy, then it was not long before the magic around them soothed their spirits and filled them up again.
Where is this wondrous place, you might ask? You've heard of it. You may have been there: it's Walt Disney World. Traveling down the path through its gates seems to take you to another world, outside of time and space.
Not what you were expecting? Perhaps not . . . but this trip did get me really thinking about magical places and what makes them so special.
Exploring the Nature of Enchanted Places
What's Your Take?
Have you ever experienced a place that felt extremely magical or spiritual?
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What Makes a Place Magical?
Some places have mystical qualities that are attributed to ley lines—the Earth's channels where energy flows. It's not surprising that many ancient sacred sites mapped out today seem to correspond perfectly with the Earth's ley lines.
Many find that natural places least corrupted by man have that mystical quality. In their untouched, pristine condition, the natural energy has not been disturbed. It's akin to a pure, clear natural spring too far out in the wilderness to have been polluted or spoiled.
Some ancient places such as Stonehenge, the Western Wall, Uttar Pradesh, Lourdes, ancient temple ruins or great pyramids are places to which people from around the world will make pilgrimages just to experience the energy of the place. These are places where poignant events may have taken place, or where so many people—dating back to ancient ancestors sometimes—have come to worship for so long.
A question about these magical places is this: were people drawn to them because they were magical? Because there were ley lines? Because they were 'special' in some way? Or did they become more magical—special—because so many people have come to them, bringing and building that energy in that particular location?
What's Your Take?
Do you think a place can become magical or spiritual because people make it happen?
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A good argument can be made for the latter. All of the Earth is sacred and magical. Originally, I don't believe there were single spots 'better' or 'more powerful' than other places. We changed that. My belief is that we were responsible for ley lines landing where they did—the ley lines spread out across the planet in certain places because we drew that excess energy there, not the other way around. It reminds me of the brain's synapses making specific connections when certain stimuli is introduced.
Places became more energized or more powerful due to what took place there—mainly, the kind of energy that man brought to it when our brains evolved enough to become aware of that which is spiritual, when we became able to think about it in new and abstract ways and manipulate energy. We visited it, held rites and rituals, came with hopes and dreams that we poured into that site. We stirred up the power in certain places, or we brought more to it and left it there.
A Form of Channeling?
My Disney Spell
Allow me to recount my own brief experience this week: my adult daughter has a chronic illness that causes her bouts great pain. The pain usually makes her unable to function, at least for days, if not for a week or two. Once it sets in there is usually nothing to do but sit back, make her comfortable and wait for days-- weeks-- until it subsides. Meds and treatments only take the edge off the pain so it's bearable. Healing spells can help, make it more bearable, temporarily, but usually once the pain takes its grip on her it's just a waiting game.
A few days into our trip, she began to experience terrible pain. She had to leave the park early that day, and I was wondering what I could do for her in the hotel room when I got back. I wanted to do a healing to bring some relief so she could enjoy some of the trip.
I realized the challenge would be that I didn't have any tools or supplies with me at all, and just as I wondered how I would go about it my husband bent over, picked an object up off the floor and held it out to me. It was a 3-inch quartz crystal. I took it as a sign and sent the boys (my husband and sons) off to dinner as I went back to the room to help my daughter. We transferred her pain to the crystal and put her to bed. The spell was so successful that by morning and for the rest of the trip she was completely fine.
The "Disney Effect" as Example
It's Disney trips that got me thinking that we make certain places more magical than others. 30,000 acres in what were not long ago simple swamp lands and citrus groves of Florida have been transformed into an enchanted place where miracles happen daily. Yes, it's a major corporation, it's commercial, it tries to milk you for every penny. I'm not arguing that.
But strangely, alongside all that consumerism and corporate greed, magic is happening. Just go on some Disney park message boards, grab a box of tissues and read through the stories. Children who families and doctors thought might never speak utter their first words at the sight of the castle or favorite character. Families missing deceased loved ones get signs from beyond, confirming their loved one is still with them. It's a place that makes you feel like anything is possible.
I'll admit, it got my mind swirling. I thought of tulpas—beings conjured into reality through the sheer power of belief. All the people for so many decades putting their belief into Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, fairytale princesses—could these beings actually exist, alive and well, on Disney property thanks to the collective energy of belief sent their way? When a Disney employee dons a costume, is she or he aspecting this entity, the way in ritual a priestess will draw down the Goddess into her?
I think Disney World is a modern example of how a place becomes magical—hoards of people come and collectively conjure up powerful energy. This energy is infused in the very land, the air, the structures, and continues to mound. It creates a store that becomes an exchange—a renewable source of energy. We come, we deposit it, we draw it, use it, and redeposit it.
Make Your Own Magic
Creating Your Own Magical Space
I have always been a big fan of creating a sacred space of one's own, and these new thoughts have reinforced that belief. Whether working with a coven or as a solitary, I've always found it very beneficial to keep a permanent space set aside for worship, ritual and magical activities. It doesn't matter if it's indoors or outdoors; it doesn't matter if it's an entire room or just a dresser top.
When you have a specific sacred space set aside for spiritual experience, you are building your own special place for spirituality and magic. You are bringing and depositing energy, drawing that energy back from it and re-depositing it every time you use it, creating something of a pocket of stored energy which you can tap whenever you like. You don't need to take a pilgrimage to some ancient site across the sea, or visit a modern day theme park, or go camping in the wilderness to experience the build-up of such power; you can create it on your own.
If you haven't done so already, give it a try—set some space aside and see if after 6 months or a year you notice a difference—chances are, just walking by the place will make a person's psychic senses begin to tingle. You might even notice that guests, pets and even insects are drawn to it, and that your magic and spiritual rituals become more powerful through the repeated use of that space. Consider it a spiritual experiment and see what happens.