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Magic and Writing Workshop

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This is a book about creative writing that relates literature with magic

The magical moments of the day, the energy of the Moon goddesses and the Sun gods, the eternal return, the magical dates, even atmospheric phenomena, are elements that you can use to write, to create stories or to make them stronger. This book will teach you how to do this and it is dedicated to lovers of culture and to those of you who like magic in life and literature. And at the end of each theme there are writing suggestions that you can put into practice what you have learnt.  

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Magic and Writing Workshop

Patricia Sánchez-Cutillas

To Hekate, the Great Goddess of the witches, of magic, the underworld, the dead, the subconscious, dreams, the treasures from the interior of the earth and to creativity. But above all to the Great Goddess of justice.

INDEX

—INTRODUCTION

—CHAPTER I. CYCLICAL AND ETERNAL TIME AND OUR LIVE´S ETERNAL STORIES.

What is cyclical time?

The doom of our literary families

Creating characters from Isis, Osiris and Horus

Creating characters from Isis, Osiris and Horus

Mother earth and the seed's daughter

Under the myth's skin

The cyclical stumbles of our characters

Cronus, the father that devours his children

What would a Uranus character look like?

Cronus and the fear of usurpación

Artistic election

—CHAPTER II. THE MOON GODDESSES AND THEIR CREATURES.

The power of the moon

The three facets of the moon

Hekate and sub-conscience craziness

The interior sorcery of our characters

Artemis, warrior and protester

The Artemis Character

The phases of the moon in our stories

Creatures of the moon

Artistic election

—CHAPTER III. THE ENERGY OF THE SUN IN SHORT STORIES AND SHORT NOVELS.

The sun gods and goddesses

The history of Apollo

How is the Apollo man? The carácter

The Sun and the cycles of man

Artistic election

The Sun and death in our stories

Solar creatures

Artistic election

Eclipses of Sun and Moon. The intersection of death and treason.

Artistic election

—CHAPTER IV. COMBINE THE ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA IN OUR STORIES. 

The force of the cosmos in our stories

The rain and the deluge

Storms and conflicts

The perspective and distance to snow

Draw symbols with the clouds

The fury of the hurricanes and the transmutation of the characters

Artistic election

—CHAPTER V. THE MAGIC OF MOMENTS IN A DAY.

Dawn and love. Romeo and Juliet

Midday and family catharsis

Murders in plain afternoon

Midnight and its legends

Artistic election

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—CHAPTER VI. THE THREASHOLDS OF INITIATION IN LITERATURE. THE MAGICAL DATES IN OUR WRITINGS. HOW TO USE THEM TO WRITE

The cosmic doors

First door. Spring equinox. The love stories.

Second door. 1St of May. Covens and social revolutions. The night of the 30th of April.

The third door. Summer solstice. Plenitude.

Fourth door. 1st of August. 

The fifth door. The equinox of Autumn. The encounter with ghosts of our dead.

Artistic Election

Sixth portal: Halloween and the 1st of November

Seventh door: winter solstice, 24th December and end of year

Eighth door: February, month of purification.  Cleaning and renovation.

Artistic election

—CHAPTER VII HOW DO YOU WRITE AN ORACLE?

What is an oracle? The wish to change destiny

The composition

Do you wish to write your own oracle?

Oracles based on tradition

Artistic election

Author oracles

The scheme of the book

My personal experiences on writing Litarot

Why did this inspiration come to me?

Artistic election

Farewell

—BIBLIOGRAPHY

—Thank you to my sponsors

INTRODUCTION

Who is this book dedicated to?

To nice and fun-loving people.

To those that think there aren't witches, but there are.

To those who suffer knowledge hunger.

To those who read messages from the clouds.

To the lunatics.

To the solar ones.

To the writers,

To the novel writers.

To the curious writers.

To those who enjoy knowledge.

To those who know that we have come to life to learn.

To the mythologists.

To those who, when they see a stone, don't think that it is stone but a part of the universe that has an encoded legend.

To those who think that destiny isn't imposed nor created, but rather that it is co-created.

To those who, when they see a plant sprout, they know that it is a metaphor of something new that arrives.

To those who know that the bird doesn't sing because he's happy but rather he's happy because he sings

To those who cut their hair on a waning moon.

To those who, when something happens to them twice, they stop believing in chance and start to believe in causality.

To those who know that when there are unwanted or sudden changes, one can always learn from life.

To those who have learnt that life is not lineal, but rather a labyrinth that we believe in while we travel to its centre. 

CHAPTER I. CYCLICAL AND ETERNAL TIME AND OUR LIVE´S ETERNAL STORIES.

The time lived by our ancestors was not the same as ours. While we ask ourselves where we are going, what will tomorrow bring; our ancestors knew well the coves and portals of our destiny and knew that each winter brought a time of death, and each spring brought resurrection. Death was not thought of as a tragic end, but rather as part of life, a transit from one state to another.

There are many myths in which the protagonist is itself time, namely cyclical time, which rules over agriculture and livestock. We are going to read some of these and how over time this interest was expressed in some legends and literary works. And, more importantly, how we can use them to write.

What is cyclical time?

We call it cyclical time when a series of events repeat themselves within a time period. This is present in the myth of Isis and Osiris. These gods were siblings and they formed a happy union. Osiris loved his sister from his mother´s womb. They both gave humanity many natural abilities and gifts such as architecture, weaving, civilization... Isis was known as the Great Magician and Osiris, who was also the king of Egypt, was known as god of vegetation.

Seth, both their brother, married goddess Nut and hated and envied Osiris. On a certain day he prepared him a trap. Osiris was much taller than the rest of the gods and Seth built a great casket made from noble wood and precious ornaments, and which was based on Osiris´s size. He summoned a feast and invited many gods,  among them Osiris. Then Isis, the more intelligent among the four siblings, was sceptical, and asked her husband not to go. But Osiris took no heed of the warnings given by his spouse.  It was time for the feast and, when all the guests had drunk and were relaxed, Seth put the casket in the middle of the enclosure. They began to joke and Seth announced that he would give the casket to the one that fitted in it.  Those present started to get in one by one.  But it was too big for all of them; it was too long. It was then Osiris´s turn. He got in and the measures were exact for his body. As soon as he did that, Seth closed the casket, sealed it and ordered his henchman to throw it in the river.

The casket went floating as far as Byblos. There, it arrived to a tree which grew immensely and covered Osiris. It was then impossible to find him.

When Isis found out what had occurred, she cried like a human and her tears of love provoked the flooding of the river Nile. She was searching for him until she received some news: someone had cut a tree in Byblos and that the tree released an odour that could be smelled all over the river.  Isis´s intuition was triggered and she knew at that moment where her spouse was.  She went to Byblos and there she recovered his body.  As she was a magician, with her love and her magic she was able to revive Osiris.

But Seth never gave up and attacked again. When Isis was distracted, he kidnapped Osiris and cut him up into fourteen pieces. He then threw in the fourteen pieces into the river Nile to make sure that his disappearance was certain. 

When Isis found out she again cried like a human, the Nile river´s waters flooded again and she went searching for her spouse´s pieces all along the river.  This is why Isis is considered as a goddess of water.  She found all the pieces except the phallus, that a fish had eaten, an Oxyrhynchu. Since then the fish was considered damned.

The goddess asked for Anubis´s help, the god of the dead, and between them they repaired Osiris´s body.  Isis made him a phallus of mud, they embalmed him and created the first mummy.  She blew life into him and Osiris resurrected into eternal life. In this manner he became immortal and no one could now kill him again. Isis lay with him and became pregnant.  She would later give birth to Horus.

When Osiris saw what had happened, he suffered much due to all the treasons set against him. He did not want to know anything about the things of life and retired to go and live in the underworld, inside the earth. Isis had to hide her son and defend him from Seth´s attacks. When the boy became older, he fought against his uncle Seth, he managed to banish him to the dessert and recovered the throne of Egypt.

The doom of our literary families

The Egyptians created a farming civilization drawing on the Nile floods. At that time the world and natural phenomena were not explained with science but with myths.  Isis embodied the earth, the black lime which the waters left behind after withdrawing and which were fertile for farming; Osiris, the vegetation and seed.  That is why she was represented with a brown skin, nearly black and him with a green skin colour.

Number fourteen symbolized the eternal for the ancient Egyptians. The fact that Osiris is cut up in fourteen pieces along the Nile means that each year the infinite seeds are sowed along the river´s bank. When Isis cries for the death of her spouse, her tears provoke an annual flooding of the Nile while Osiris, in his seed aspect, he is equipped to germinate, retreating to the world of the dead. The resurrection of Osiris represents the harvest and also represents eternal life that the ancient Egyptians believed in. 

José Luis Sampedro in the book La vieja sirena (The old siren) describes the atmosphere of the time and how the Egyptian people lived waiting for the floodings provoked by the goddess:

...let´s see if this heaviness of the air, that smell of half dried marshes, rotting weed, let´s see if the Nile bursts over, let´s see if the swelling of the world is relieved, when that star – Sopdit – will appear just before the dawning sun, Tenuset tells us that then the earth will be under the waters, all of Egypt, all of Egypt along the river, a sea of desert, here only the village is dry, and the sanctuary because they are built on high, the deluge the Christians said, but here every year, on the Divine Mounts Isis cries for Osiris, the sea of Alexandria turns yellow due to the lime, the Nile sweeping the earth and putting back some new earth, more fertile, reborn, waiting for me, will I be reborn?

The story is set in the III century after Christ and the calendar was set by the cycles of the Nile.  Every year the myth would repeat itself. It would start with the cut up body of Osiris (the seeds), the crying (the flooding) and the whole process would go on.

This concept has the name of cyclical time, or the myth of the eternal return because they are events that repeat themselves. Life is followed by death, from death resurrection, and life returns. They are patterns which occur in cyclical form. The events follow an order of causality: start, development and end. And within that end there is the new seed to generate another start, development, and end.  Also, according to Nietzsche, the thoughts, feelings and ideas are also repeated.  Everything is an infinite repetition.

But the most interesting thing is knowing how we can recreate this myth in our writings.

We can look at the archetypes of Isis, Osiris and Horus and create characters with them. In general terms the archetypes are psychological profiles. In this case one would have to draw out the psychological profile of these gods and see how we could make a new one from what is already written.  At the end of the day creativity is to metamorphosise our experiences. 

You will also be able to write a story in which one lives in a state of alert.  Isis is very powerful and does not fear Seth.  But he does not cause her harm directly, but rather to the people that she loves, as are her spouse and son. As soon as someone in her family drop their guards, Seth attacks.

This god represents sterile soil, the desert, in opposition to the fertile lands. Seth is the psychic predator, the psychopath, the person who does not care about harming others to obtain power.  He is machiavellian as he prepares his ploys well, he adorns them with feasts and one can say that he enjoys criminal logistics.

If the myth of Isis, Osiris and Horus were a literary genre, this would be the novel. In the novel there would be a main plot, the characters would evolve, sometimes those who are the main roles turn secondary.  The same thing happens in the myth. The characters are not the same ones from start to finish. Isis is the protagonist, but that protagonism later changes to her son Horus. There are secondary stories which end up supporting the main idea, as is Seth´s greed and envy.

Creating characters from Isis, Osiris and Horus

Isis was one of the most powerful goddesses from the Mediterranean and they called her the Great Magician. All those initiated in magic had to make an oath to Isis. She met many qualities, among them being a good mother and a good spouse. In mythology the goddess who is a good mother, such as Demeter, is not a good spouse.  Demeter has a daughter with Zeus and does not return to live with him. Hera leads her life worried about Zeus and his adventures, and when she gives birth to

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