I feel it's safe to say that the first place you heard of witchcraft was somewhere in the media.
Maybe it's was related to Charles Manson and his cult going on a killing spree.
Maybe it was The Craft or Witches of Eastwick (two fabulous movies, I might add).
Maybe you watched AHS: Coven (which is on my watch list.)
No matter how it's been portrayed, pop culture loves the potential dangers and creepiness of witchcraft and feeding off that fear with the general public.
However, that's not what this post is about. Some sources of media are incredibly inspired by witchcraft, and visa versa for the witchy community.
Pop Culture Magic is a steadily growing branch of witchcraft. It's all about using images and words within tv shows, movies, books, and anything else media related to creating magic. Many times it's incorporated into older religions and practices as a kind of cross-generational mix.
Hard to understand? Well here's an explanation from Witchy B. on Tumblr, who specializes in this area of witchiness:
" ...A lot of folk magic utilized symbols found on product packaging to design spells for particular effects so, yeah, in a very real way, folk magic and pop culture magic have twined together for a long time since capitalism became a thing. Folk magic used what was cheap and easy to get, and local herbs, mass-produced products, and stuff lying around the home all make their appearance. You can take a look at commercial products associated and used in hoodoo as just one example... "
This brand of witchcraft is great for those who are new to magic and have trouble relating to older customs. It's really a way to personalize your craft for yourself and make your magical techniques your own.
One of my favorite examples of this is using movie clips as a visualization exercise.
It's incredibly difficult for some, especially when they're first starting out in magic, to visualize their energy and manipulating it. So some wonderful person, maybe a gif of Marvel superheroes and Disney witches, using magic to help.
Energy manipulation, and practicing any kind of magic for that matter, becomes so much easier when we can see what we're doing with our third eye.
Another trend for those who use pop culture magic is emoji spells. Hop on any of the witchy tags on Tumblr and you're guaranteed to see at least one of them being passed around. There's also gifs and artwork of witches in their respective categories, sigil making inspired by Game of Thrones or Skyrim, and even magic for specific fandoms. For more info on this, check out this post.
A form of divination that's incredibly handy is shufflemancy. Like tarot, you hold a question or situation in mind while you hit shuffle on your music. Keep hitting shuffle until it feels right to stop. Then you analyze the song you landed on for the answer to your question. Super easy and can be done on the go.
One of my personal favorites is when someone takes the words of a song, such as Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez, breaks it down verse by verse, and creates a spell. If you take a Broadway showstopper song like Defying Gravity or Don't Rain on My Parade and create a spell out of it, you've got some powerful intent already there.
Some songs I personally get a magical boost from are The Fighter by In This Moment and Unchain My Heart by Ray Charles.
You can blend artwork and pop culture together to create some powerful magic, too. Many use phrases, images, and clips from movies and video games to make figurative magic actualized.
Skyrim thu'ums are frequently used as vocal sigils and chants.
Pokemon moves, such as Draining Kiss or Thunder Bolt, are translated into spells.
You can create a personalized tarot or oracle deck with images from Sailor Moon or Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Take it a step further can create handmade runes with symbols from Game of Thrones.
With pop culture witchcraft, there's an easier translation from the world of fantasy to reality with magic and energy.
You've already seen indie art for the witchcraft community from PlaceboArtwork's H.P. Lovercraft inspired tarot deck on the blog. Today, we're going to take a look at another artist: Holly Fae from BeAFairtytale.
Property of Holly Fae and BeAFairytale
Holly's shop has you submit a picture of your pet, your child, or even yourself and turns you into a fairytale creature. You can pet a unicorn, swim as a mermaid, or be a princess. It's super cool!
Some pieces that she's currently working on are inspired by witches and magic and all things coveny. Holly's showcasing some of these star-studded pieces on her Instagram. I mean, this astrological witch is just stunning. I highly recommend checking them out, especially as a gift for the fairy-lover in your life!